Allied Warships

HMS Wild Swan (D 62)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 62 
ModShort range escort 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
OrderedApr 1918 
Laid downJul 1918 
Launched17 May 1919 
Commissioned14 Nov 1919 
Lost17 Jun 1942 
Loss position49° 52'N, 10° 44'W

The British destroyer HMS Wild Swan (D 62) lost on 17 Jun 1942 in position 49° 52'N, 10° 44'W.


HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. Claude Edward Lutley Sclater, RN) was sunk by German aircraft bombs south of Ireland in position 49º52'N, 10º44'W.


Commands listed for HMS Wild Swan (D 62)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Leslie Younghusband, RN31 Jul 193922 Aug 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Claude Edward Lutley Sclater, RN22 Aug 194017 Jun 1942

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Notable events involving Wild Swan include:

19 Feb 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Wakeful (Cdr.. R.L. Fisher, RN) and HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, DSC, RN). (1)

11 Mar 1940
HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, RN) picks up 42 survivors from the Dutch tanker Eulota that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-28 about 130 nautical miles west of Ushant in position 48°35'N, 08°22'W.

31 Jul 1940
HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, DSC, RN) struck a mine off Harwich and was badly damaged. She was towed back to port by HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, DSC, RN). Repairs were completed in mid-December.

13 Sep 1940
During the night of 13/14 September 1940, the British destroyers HMS Malcolm (Capt. T.E. Halsey, DSO, RN), HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN) and HMS Venomous (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN) bombard Boulogne in a sweep along the French coast.

3 Jan 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Holyhead with HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN). (2)

9 Jan 1941
HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN) picks up 56 survivors from the British merchant Bassano that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-105 north-west of Rockall in position 57°57'N, 17°42'W.

30 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, RN), HMS Woodruff (A/Lt.Cdr. F.H. Gray, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Freesia (T/Lt. R.A. Cherry, RNR). (3)

17 Jun 1942
Wild Swan was returning alone to Plymouth to refit when she was attacked and sunk by twelve German dive bombers, but not before six of the enemy aircraft had been shot down, a feat unsurpassed in a single ship action. (see Times obituary of Cmdr Claude Sclater dated 3 May 1986) (4)

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  1. ADM 173/16283
  2. ADM 173/16789
  3. ADM 173/16988
  4. Personal communication

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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